How to Mend Socks and Ways to Reuse Them When You Can’t

Have you ever looked at your feet and wondered how to mend socks? I can't sew...my proficiency with a needle and thread ends at putting a button back on a shirt. I find this very sad and one day, when I am graced with much more free time than I have now, I would like to learn how to mend socks. My grandmother used to make my clothes when I was little in addition to the baby blankets that my children are still using today. She made her own dish rags, rugs, and was proficient at mending socks as well. Mending socks is a lost art. Sure, there are … [Read more...]

How to Reduce Waste at Home and the Tom’s of Maine #LessWasteChallenge

These tips on how to reduce waste at home are part of a sponsored conversation with Tom's of Maine. All opinions are my own.With the growing amount of trash filling up our landfills, learning how to reduce waste at home should be a key factor in your quest for green living. In my own home, we recycle just about everything we can. This is made easier by the county through curbside recycling. However, there are always events in the community that don't offer recycling and it frustrates me. I see vendors selling bottled water and plenty of … [Read more...]

Zero Waste Living: One Man’s Trash is Another Man’s Treasure

When my husband was in graduate school, I worked at a job that paid...well, let's just say it didn't pay very much at all! We ate a lot of ramen noodles during those years. Since the graduate schools had a constant turnover of people coming in and out, there were always friends (or random strangers) who begged the use of our truck to help haul stuff. In exchange, we were often gifted with things that were no longer wanted by their owners...mismatched plates, chipped mugs, lamps with crooked shades, etc. We were thrilled! We didn't have a whole … [Read more...]

Creative Stuffed Animal Recycling Tips

Have you ever wondered whether stuffed animal recycling was possible? When my children were young, they had so many stuffed animals that they could barely be contained in toy boxes anymore. I kept trying to get them to let a few of them go to the thrift store but they would get all emotional and have a nervous breakdown. Seriously...do you even know where you GOT that stuffed cat that you are clinging to with tears in your eyes? NO! Hand it over, kid! Stuffed animal recycling is something I had never really considered before but now that they … [Read more...]

Do You Recycle Batteries? 5 Things You Should Know.

The last time you grabbed the remote control to change the batteries, I bet you asked yourself 'Do you recycle batteries?'  When you look at the number of electronic gadgets, toys, and household items that require batteries, it's staggering the number of these things that we dispose of every year. What's in those magical little creators of energy? Is it safe to toss into the trash can? Will it leach toxic chemicals into our groundwater once it hits the landfill? There are a lot of factors to consider when trying to figure out how to dispose of … [Read more...]

Eco Friendly Decluttering: What to do with old books

Books are the one thing that I don't mind spending money on but after a while, the bookshelves just get a bit too full. As  I look around my house deciding what areas to declutter, I find myself wondering what to do with old books. There are only so many shelves on my bookcase, right? But I would never throw away a book...that just seems like sacrilege! Do you remember when Borders Bookstores started having financial trouble and they began closing stores? There was a huge backlash against the company when it was discovered that they intended to … [Read more...]

Golf Ball Lady Bug Craft and an Upcycled Garden Craft Roundup

When my son was younger, he was one of those kids that picked up EVERYTHING he found. He would come home from the park with 7 acorns, 4 rocks and a pine cone stuck in his pocket. We would go for a walk and come home with an assortment of what we called 'little things' that he had discovered on the ground. For some reason, golf balls were a common find on our journeys. I have no idea why...we don't live near a golf course! But, whatever was too big to go in his pocket (and end up in the washing machine) went onto a shelf in the garage. Years … [Read more...]

16 Creative Ways to Repurpose Your Old Muffin Tins

As I struggle to declutter my kitchen, I find myself hesitating to get rid of a few things. One of the items I can't bring myself to toss out is my grandmother's set of old muffin tins. They are dark with age but have sentimental value and I just can't send them off to Goodwill. Of course, I have a set of rather nice muffin tins that I acquired at some point in my marriage. So, the bottom line is...I have WAY too many muffin tins in my house. Especially since I don't bake all that many muffins! So, I find myself wondering what I can do with all … [Read more...]

How to Repurpose Old Wooden Spoons Instead of Throwing Them Away!

For the last few weeks, I have been purging my home of everything that is too old, unneeded, broken, or just plane not useful. It has not been a small undertaking...clutter seems to lurk in every nook and cranny these days. The hardest part of decluttering your home is to figure out what you need and what you don't. If you haven't used it in three years, it is pretty obvious that you don't need it, right? But what about things you use every day that are showing their wear and really need to be replaced. Do you keep the old ones 'just in case'? … [Read more...]

15 Creative Ways to Reuse Plastic Milk Jugs

One of my goals in the new year is to find ways to reuse things I have around my house. Since my daughter has a near obsession with milk, the one thing I am always recycling is plastic milk jugs. There are days I think I would be better off just buying my own cow but until my home owners association is willing to overlook livestock in the back yard, I am stuck buying milk in jugs from the store. I decided to start doing a bit of research on creative ways to reuse plastic milk jugs. If I could keep just one or two out of my recycling bin a month … [Read more...]

DIY Decorative Jar Lids for an Upcycled Valentine’s Day Treat Jar

Valentine's Day isn't really a huge deal in my house. I don't have small children and my teenagers think the holiday is a bit cheesy right now. My husband and I are not particularly the 'romantic' sort of couple. There is no flashy jewelry, trips to the spa or exotic vacations in store for us on Valentine's Day. But, I still want to do something simple for my husband to let him know I love him. He is, of course, the guy that kills cockroaches and unclogs drains. He deserves a little something special now and then! These decorative jar lids are … [Read more...]

Electronics Recycling Tips for a Smaller Carbon Footprint

These tips about electronics recycling have been sponsored but all opinions expressed here are my own. We live in a digital world. Kids are getting cell phones at a younger and  younger age. Homes usually have multiple computers and televisions that need to be replaced and updated frequently. People are attached not only to one cell phone but often two if they have separate work and personal phones. Our books are no longer made of paper but are read on iPads and Kindles. All of these electronic devices become out of date or broken very … [Read more...]

Using Ziploc Bags for DIY Oatmeal Packets

I am compensated for the articles I write for SC Johnson but all opinions expressed here are my own.Have you ever gone to the grocery store and seen those boxes of instant oatmeal packets? Next time you are in the cereal isle, I encourage you to check them out. Look at the price compared to a large tub of plain oatmeal. Flip over the package and take a look at the ingredients. Do you know what all of those ingredients really are? Making your own homemade oatmeal packets is a great way to save money and eat healthier. I decided to put … [Read more...]

Creative Uses for Old Mason Jars

I have been compensated for the articles I write for SC Johnson but all opinions expressed are my own.A few months ago I decided to try my hand at canning blueberries, and, although it was fun, it turned out to be a lot of work. Surprisingly enough, the canned blueberries have lasted me a while (I’m still going through my summer batch!) but have also left me with a cabinet full of empty jars and lids ready to be put to use. Check out my article on the SC Johnson Greener Choices blog for a few creative uses for your old mason jars. If you do … [Read more...]

Creative Ways to Reuse Your Mint Tins

This post about reusing mint tins has been sponsored by SC Johnson but all opinions expressed are my own.Heading through the grocery checkout line with kids can be challenging−especially with items such as soda, candy and toys placed at the end of every aisle within easy reach. One thing I always seem to say yes to is a tin of mints. Everyone loves having fresh breath so keeping a tin of mints tucked into a purse or car can come in handy. At the end of the month, however, there are several empty mint tins that inevitably end up in the … [Read more...]